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5 tips to manage your time effectively

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Starting university is an exciting time, and it would seem like you have plenty of things to do. So getting yourself organised as early as possible will give you the opportunity to experience everything without feeling too stressed. Here we share five of our top tips on managing your time effectively:

  1.  Create the right environment to work. Productivity can be improved by creating the right environment for you to work. There are no rules in how to do this, pick what feels right for you – whether it’s working in a silent library or with a playlist that keeps you energised. Surround yourself with things that inspire and encourage your enthusiasm and passion.
  2. List your tasks in terms of importance. Prior to beginning your work for the day, write a to-do list in order of importance. Prioritise your tasks in order of what is most urgent and time-sensitive, to the tasks that may be important but less urgent. 
  3. Do important tasks first. Completing crucial tasks in the morning will leave you feeling accomplished. This will also help you feel less stressed and more successful, avoiding procrastination on important assignments/assessments.
  4. Take advantage of your downtime. If you have a few spare minutes on the bus, use that to read something for your studies or work. If you're waiting in line at the shop, respond to emails on your phone. Make the most of the little moment you have but remember to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
  5. Do not multitask. Many people assume multitasking is a great way to get more done each day and manage time wisely. However, focusing on multiple tasks at once actually makes you less productive. Things will take longer to do as you're not giving anything your full attention. Focus completely on one task at a time instead. You will get your work done quicker this way, allowing you to make the most of your time.